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Trial set for Arizona founder of border-watch movement

PHOENIX — A Feb. 27 trial has been set for a founder of the Minuteman
border-watch movement on charges that he sexually abused two girls under the age
of 10.

Christopher Allen Simcox, 52, is charged with child molestation, sexual conduct
with a minor and furnishing obscene or harmful items to minors.

Simcox had denied the abuse allegations during a police interview and has
pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Minuteman movement stepped into the spotlight in 2005 as illegal
immigration heated up as a national political issue. Minuteman volunteers
fanned out along the nation’s southern border to watch for illegal crossings and
report them to federal agents.

But the movement splintered after Simcox and a co-founder parted ways and
headed up separate groups.


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